Upcoming Lifelong Reading

Hi everyone!

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As you can see by our flyer, Lifelong will graciously be hosting a reading of our anthology in exactly one week! It is open to the public, so if you are able, please come! We also created a Facebook event, so please check it out!

This is the first in a line of readings––Spring Writes is next weekend, and we will have four readings, not all from the Anthology, of course, on Saturday and Sunday (4/30 and 5/1 2016). More details to come about those.

Our newest author, Edward Dougherty, will read the next Sunday, May 7, at Buffalo Street Books from 2-3.

I hope you can attend at least one of our upcoming readings!

Reviews of the Anthology

Hi everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope that all of your December holidays went well and I hope that you’re enjoying this mild winter (if you live in Ithaca, that is. If you live anywhere else, I hope that you’re enjoying the local weather!). I just wanted to share some of the positive reviews that From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology has received.

The first review was published in the November 9th issue of Tompkins Weekly:

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Wrolstad perfectly encapsules the whole point of the anthology, which is to celebrate the Finger Lakes region and all of the amazing writers that have spent a significant part of their lives here.

There is also a review in the 2016 January/February issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine:

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While this review focuses on Cornell alumni and professors (which makes sense), it does show the high level of writing showcased in the book. Everyone can say just how sophisticated the writing is, but the fact that the magazine for Cornell alums gives the anthology a nice review shows that what everyone saying is true.

The final review that I wanted to showcase is one that was published in the January 27, 2016 issue of the Ithaca TimesIt’s a full page, so it’s too big to post here, but again, that shows how much the reviewer enjoyed the text. He does point out a couple of issues with some of the authors that the editors chose to include in the text, but even still, the review is a positive one.

So now I’ve proven that I’m not the only person who enjoys From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology! I hope that I’ve convinced you to give the book a chance. And don’t worry, there is other blog content coming!

Counting Down to the Holidays

As I’m sure you all know, Christmas is quickly approaching, and we’re even in the midst of Hanukkah at this very moment!

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I’m sure you’re all shopping for gifts or at least thinking about it, and of course, because From the Finger Lakes has just been published, we think that it would make a great gift for a lot of people.

Here’s a list of reasons why:

  1. It features a ton of amazing writing. Even if you loved or hated reading growing up, or you don’t make an effort to read now, all of the pieces in this anthology are enjoyable, relatable, and moving.
  2. Plus, because it’s an anthology, each piece in it is only three to ten pages long. You can read as much or as little as you want at a time.
  3. It introduces people to the Finger Lakes area. Granted, it’s not a very touristy area, and I don’t think that it draws an exorbitant amount of visitors, but if someone is considering moving here or attending Cornell University or Ithaca College, From the Finger Lakes gives the reader a different perspective of the area than if he or she had visited a few times.
  4. There will be a poetry companion anthology soon. (Watch for the call for submissions!) Why not get a start on completing your collection?
  5. You’ll be supporting a small press when you buy it. Literally the only people behind Cayuga Lake Books are Edward Hower, Peter Fortunato, Jack Hopper, Rhian Ellis, and me. And I barely count because I’m the intern––all four of these people have spent hours and hours putting this book together, and it always feels good to see that all of your hard work has been successful.
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I sincerely hope that you consider buying From the Finger Lakes as a gift this holiday season. I know I’m pushing it pretty hard, but frankly, that’s my job, and nothing that I wrote above is false. I truly believe that the anthology would make a great gift for anyone who is interested in the area or just likes to read.

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Happy holidays, everyone!